Stay Hydrated with These Helpful Tips
By Debra Rodzinak
Struggling to drink enough water every day is a common problem for most people. However, the body functions best when it is completely hydrated. A person’s age, activity level, diet, and overall health can dictate how much water is needed.
How Much Water to Drink Daily
A good rule of thumb is to take your weight, divide it in half, and then drink that many ounces of water every day. You can also eat foods that have a high amount of fluid, such as tomatoes, watermelon, and broccoli. The U.S. Institute of Medicine suggests that men drink about 3.7 liters (125 ounces) of water daily and women drink about 2.7 liters (91 ounces). Children should be drinking around 1.7 liters (57 ounces) of water daily.
How to Stay Hydrated
Some helpful tips on staying hydrated:
- Include fruits and vegetables in your daily diet that contain a high degree of water
- Try to drink water or other fluids at regular times during the day
- Water is a very healthy choice for hydration due to the lack of calories
- Milk is mostly water (around 85 percent) and is an excellent source of calcium and protein
- Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water because thirst is an indication of dehydration that is already occurring
- Check the color of your urine to gauge your hydration level: The lighter the color, the better the hydration levels
- People can actually consume too much water and cause health issues such as depletion of sodium levels
There are many types of water on the store shelves, but buyers need to beware of added preservatives and calories. Check the labels on the store bought water, or better yet, make your own flavored water.
Some fun and interesting ways to “jazz up” your water include:
- Add slices of lemon or cucumber to water for an added kick
- Substitute sparkling water for plain water for bubbly fun
- Infuse water with fruit by letting the fruit steep for four or five hours
- Freeze flavored water and let it melt during the day to have a refreshing, cool drink ready at all times
- Filter out herbs, spices, or other added ingredients from your water with a French Press
No matter what you decide to do with your water, find what helps you drink the amount needed to keep you hydrated.
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